01.03.2012 20 °C
Our second day in Geyeongju was spent visiting the famous underwater tomb of King Munmu. King Munmu was the 30th ruler of the Silla kingdom, and unified three kingdoms. According to legend, he instructed his people to bury him at sea so that he would become a dragon and protect the people of Silla from the Japanese.
We got up at 8 a.m. and took the #150 bus from Geyeongju out to Bonggil-ri, which is just outside of Geyoungju. Andrea was very tired as we were up late the night before, so she was laying across three seats in the back of the bus resting. The driver slammed on the brakes which sent Andrea flying into the back of the seats in front of her (where Jill and Jodi were sitting) and fell to the ground. Just in time too, as we approached the island where the King’s remains lay. The sun glinted off the water, and the whole scene was very beautiful.
The island has a small pool in the middle of it, and under the water there is a granite slab almost a meter thick, and 3 meters wide. It has not been proven whether the king’s ashes are under this slab, or whether his ashes were scattered on top and around it.
Unfortunately we had to leave beautiful Geyoungsu the next day, so we didn’t get to see everything that the region has to offer, but here is a website that shows all the attractions and sights that lie in Geyoungsu.